September 08, 2018

A Very Different Winter

For the previous seven years, we have made the annual migration from Ontario to Southern California. We have come to love this journey, with the trip down to the Deep South via Natchez Trace Parkway, and then across the Gulf Coast and through Texas into the vast expanses of the Desert Southwest. This year though, we are going to do something entirely different. I have retired from teaching, so we have the opportunity to leave much earlier than in the past.

We are traveling to Britain at the beginning of November, and staying for a month in a rented house in the historic town of Looe, on the beautiful south coast of Cornwall. This part of the coast is known as the "English Riviera".
Looe, Cornwall

We will then fly to the south coast of Spain, to the Andalusia region, and stay for three months in a rented apartment in the beautiful village of Frigiliana, on the Mediterranean coast.

Frigiliana, Spain


We will return to Britain at the beginning of March, then stay for two more months on the north coast of Cornwall, near Port Isaac (of Doc Martin fame). Anyone who has seen the TV series can attest to the scenic nature of Port Isaac. We are staying in a 150 year old renovated stone house in the small village of St. Teath, two doors down from the village inn and across from the 12th century church. St. Teath is only 6 miles from Port Isaac.

We will return to Canada, and our beloved rig, at the beginning of May.

It will of course be necessary to winterize our Pinnacle, for the first time since it was built in 2011. We are storing it, along with our truck, on the concrete pad at Cedarwood, our summer home. We are hoping that with the proper preparation, everything will be intact next spring when we return.

Our trip to England will be a pilgrimage of sorts for myself. I was born in England, and I spent my childhood near Birmingham. While I was growing up, every summer Mom and Dad would pack my sisters and I into the back seat of the family car, and we would set off to vacation by the sea, usually in the Southwest (Cornwall or Devon). The road trip, which was 220 miles, took about 12 hours in those pre-motorway days. The family car in my early years was a 1934 Austin (this was in the late 1950s / early 1960s). My father was very proud of that car, which was his first.

Austin 10/4
The Austin was replaced around 1962 with a 1956 Morris Minor, which became Dad's new pride and joy. The Morris seemed ultra-modern and state-of-the-art compared with the old Austin. It even had a heater and proper turn signals. It reduced our travel time to Devon to 10 hours, the epitome of high-speed motoring!

My mother passed away in April of this year, and my father passed away in 2012. Both of them loved the Devon and Cornwall area of Southwest Britain, and they spent their honeymoon in 1948 in Combe Martin, a small coastal village. I will be sure to visit there while I am in Cornwall. I am sure that there will be many memories of Mom and Dad as I visit the places of my childhood vacations.

The Navigator has a fondness for the UK. Her maternal grandparents were from Kent and Wales, and she cherishes that British part of her heritage, along with the French Canadian heritage on her father's side.

We will try this different mode of travel for one winter. I believe that it will be a winter we will never forget. Next year we will resume our wonderful RV adventure and return to California, where we already have our site reserved for the 2020 winter.


May 01, 2018

Introduction

We have been living in our rig since May 2011. That was the year we sold our home and adopted the RV lifestyle fulltime.

We currently spend the summer and fall in Cedarwood, which is a luxury RV park attached to Barrie North KOA, in Craighurst, Ontario. Many people in Cedarwood are fulltimers like us.

In December, we leave Ontario and travel to Southern California. We take three or four weeks for the trip, and arrive at the beginning of January.

We stay in Southern California for two or three months, enjoying the warm climate.


At the beginning of April, we start our return trip across the country, usually stopping in Northwest Florida for a week, and arrive at Cedarwood four weeks later at the beginning of May. In a typical year, we travel over 9000 miles (14,400 KM) in our RV.

Typical return trip, stopping in Florida. On this trip in 2016, we went to Naples.

One of our sites in Californaa

We have made this trip 7 times so far. We fell in love with Southern California as a winter destination. The area where we stay is "high desert", and for us, the climate is perfect. Daytime high temperatures in the winter average 75 deg F (23C), and it is almost always dry, with a bright, cloudless sky most days. We are 1 hour from the Pacific Ocean, and 1 hour from the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs) in the other direction. We are 20 minutes from the city of Temecula, which is a modern, clean city with a population of about 140,000.


We find the overwhelming majority of people we meet in our travels across the USA, to be warm, welcoming and friendly, and they usually love to engage in conversation about Canada, and our lifestyle.

During the two months when we are actually traveling, our "backyard" view constantly changes. We intersperse the days on the road with two or three day stays at interesting locations. The journey feels like a series of short day trips, rather than a long, grueling odyssey.

For us, this lifestyle has been extremely rewarding, after seven years. We wouldn't trade it for anything!



Please scroll down to see the posts in order, starting with the newest.


March 21, 2018

March 2018 - Eastbound again

We were at our winter location near Aguanga (pronounced "Awonga") for the last two months, from January 14 to March 14.

January 06, 2018

The Rio Grande Valley

We have been, for the past 9 days, in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, at Mercedes. More on the RGV later; first I will tell you about our trip since the last post, which was in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

December 27, 2017

Finally - On The Road Again!


The date we left Ontario this year, was the latest since we started fulltiming - December 22.

May 03, 2017

Virginia

It is May 3, and we are near Wytheville, Virginia, more than halfway from Florida to our home base for the Summer and Fall, Craighurst, Ontario. We are at "D" on the map.

April 23, 2017

Florida

It is April 23, and we are here near Freeport, Florida for a nine-day stay at Live Oak Landing resort, located on the Choctawhatchee River where it joins Choctawhatchee Bay, which is the large inland "sea" separating Santa Rosa Island from the mainland.

April 10, 2017

Almost 1000 miles east

We are presently in Alpine TX, enjoying a two-day stay at Lost Alaskan RV Park, where we stayed on our westbound trip last December.

April 05, 2017

Leaving California

The view from our window for the last 3 months
We left our winter home at Aguanga today, and headed over the mountains and through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to our first overnight stop, Dateland AZ.

March 18, 2017

SteadyFast Stabilizer System

For the full story on the installation of this system, click the picture.


February 21, 2017

New Dishwasher




We recently installed a residential dishwasher. For a detailed post with pictures, click here.

January 27, 2017

New Generator

As mentioned previously, our Yamaha generator malfunctioned on the last day of our westbound trip, setting in motion a chain of events which resulted in us replacing our microwave and installing a full-size Samsung gas range. The replacement generator is now installed in the truck.

January 09, 2017

Arrived in California

First, I have a confession to make. I have been lazy with the blog updates for the last couple of weeks, since we were in Texas. My excuse is that I was afflicted with a horrible malady called "Cedar Fever" or "Mountain Fever".

December 29, 2016

Alpine, Texas

We are presently in Alpine, which is a town located in the Big Bend region of west Texas. The area is known as the Big Bend because it is located along the Mexican border, roughly inside a northward bend of the Rio Grande river.

December 26, 2016

We're in West Texas

We are now in West Texas, near a small town called Loraine, on I-20.

December 18, 2016

Westbound trip 2016

We stayed at Milton Heights Campground for five weeks, and finally made preparations for departure on December 14.

December 11, 2016

Almost ready to leave

Our site at Milton Heights on a snowy December 11
In another three days we will be embarking on our sixth cross-country trip to Southern California. Weather permitting, we will leave on Wednesday morning.

October 27, 2016

Colder weather

We are still on our original site in Cedarwood. Everyone else has gone, most have departed for warmer places. My teaching contract runs until mid-December, so we have to wait until then.

Snowy, blustery day. Saturday will be 19C (67F)

View from our living room. Lots of empty sites, the remaining rigs are stored here on-site for the winter.
Tomorrow, we will move our rig to a site near the Community Hall in Cedarwood, so that staff can winterize the water system, which is done in stages. It will be a very short trip of about 300 yards. A week later we will leave for Milton Heights Campground west of Toronto, where we will stay until December 14. Milton Heights is one of the very few campgrounds in Ontario which is open year-round.

Next Spring we will be moving to a brand-new site in Cedarwood, which is presently under construction, directly across from our site for the last 5 years. Concrete should be poured within the next few days, and the new sites will be ready for Spring.

Our new site under construction
It will certainly feel good to get on the road again in December after 6 months in one place. This year, we plan on entering the USA at Sarnia-Port Huron, and driving south through Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville and the Natchez Trace Parkway to Jackson MS. We will take I-20 westbound, with a 3 day stopover for the holiday in Jefferson TX, then on to Alpine TX for a 4 day stay in the Big Bend region of southwest Texas. New Years Day we will resume our westbound trip, arriving at Rancho California Resort on January 6.

Our truck and fifthwheel is serviced, inspected and ready to go, with 6 new tires on the truck. I did all the maintenance work myself, before the weather became cold.

September 29, 2016

Traveling time is approaching

Red sky in the morning at Cedarwood. It rained later that day.
Canada Geese have returned to the Cedarwood pond. They return every year in the Fall.
The weather is getting cooler, and darkness falls much earlier now, around 7:00pm. The season at Cedarwood is drawing to a close, and I have been attending to some maintenance tasks before it gets uncomfortably cold.

Wheel bearing maintenance
In the last two weeks, I have performed the annual wheel bearing maintenance, which includes inspection and repacking of the wheel bearings, and brake adjustment. The grease seals were replaced with new ones.

While the wheels were off, I used metal polish and a buffing attachment to polish the aluminum wheels, making them look like new.

I inspected the suspension components, including the springs and shackles, and lubricated the wet spring bolts.


I did a thorough inspection of the roof, caulking any suspicious-looking areas with Dicor rubber roof sealant. I replaced batteries and o-rings on the tire pressure transmitters, and topped off the tires to 120 psi.



Next on the list is our truck. I will be changing the oil, and replacing air, fuel and transmission filters. I will do this work myself, using genuine AC Delco filters ordered online. In two weeks the truck will go for its mandatory annual safety inspection, and I will have the four rear tires replaced to match the front tires which were installed last spring in Florida.

I will be replacing our two house batteries in a few weeks, with two 6 volt golf cart batteries. The original 12 volt RV batteries are almost six years old, and have reached the end of their useful life.

We will be staying at Cedarwood until November 5, then moving to Milton Heights Campground west of Toronto until December 14, when we will begin our sixth cross-country journey. Our rig has been in this spot since May 5, which is the longest time it has remained in one place. Cedarwood will be almost empty by the time we leave. Most people will be leaving on the official end-of-season date of October 16.

It will be great to get on the road again. We are eagerly anticipating the westbound trip this year. We will take the Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville to Jackson, Mississippi, as we have done the last three years. We will be stopping for a few days at the end of December in Alpine, Texas, which is in the Big Bend area of southwestern Texas. We will be visiting with new fulltiming friends, who stayed next door to us in Cedarwood for a week this summer. Their Texas home base is in Lost Alaskan RV Resort near Alpine. We look forward to exploring this part of Texas, which we have driven through, but never visited, before. The Southwest Texas region is appealing to us because of its lonely spaciousness and vast desert areas interspersed with mountain ranges. Sounds like a great place to spend a few days leading up to New Year's.



May 06, 2016

Almost in Canada

It is Friday evening, May 6, and we are 45 minutes drive from the US - Canada border. We are wallydocking at a Walmart in Fredonia NY, as we did last night at Anmoor WV. This far north on our route, there are few campgrounds open at this time of the year, and no Passport America parks. Walmart is a great alternative for an overnight stop. We hate paying $40+ for the privilege of parking in a muddy camping resort for a few hours. We use the Allstays Walmart ONP Android app, which lists the stores which may allow overnight RV parking, and also has user reviews of the location.

May 01, 2016

South Carolina


It is May 1, and we are well on our way northbound. We decided to eschew Interstate 75, because of the insane traffic and widespread construction in Florida. Instead, we took I-75 30 miles from Naples to Fort Myers, then turned inland across the peninsula on state highways. We passed just to the north of Lake Okeechobee, then through miles of citrus groves stretching as far as one could see. This is a part of Florida we have never seen; it is off the beaten track.

April 28, 2016

Tire Pressure Monitoring

One of the TPMS sensors on the fifthwheel. It will generate an alarm if the pressure drops below 110 psi.
For the last five years, since beginning our fulltiming adventure, we have used a Tireminder TPMS to monitor the pressure in the fifthwheel tires. It actually saved the rig from extensive damage 3 1/2 years ago, when one of the original equipment GoodYear Marathon tires started to disintegrate (we replaced the Marathons with heavy-duty commercial tires).

Naples


View from our site in Silver Lakes Resort

April 19, 2016

Update on the tire situation


The punctured inner dually, before removal from the truck

I had intended to repair the damaged tire, and use it as a spare until I replaced all six tires later in the year. I removed the offending self-drilling screw (see picture) and plugged the hole using a tire repair kit. I wanted to see if the tire was okay after inflating, and if it was, I intended to have a tire shop install an internal patch.

Close to Florida


We are making great progress on our relentless eastbound journey. So far it has been really enjoyable. The secret is to limit the daily distance, and make two-day stops some of the time
We had a nice two-day stop near Hammond LA, which is near the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, across the lake from New Orleans.

April 16, 2016

Wildflowers, Schnitzel and a tire puncture

Almost across Texas!
Three days were spent in the Texas Hill Country. We stayed at Cowboy Capital RV Park in Pipe Creek, about 15 miles from Boerne. The cost of our stay was $44, and it was a positive experience. Gerhard, the owner, greeted us warmly upon our arrival, and escorted us to a large pullthrough site. The park is very rural and has that "back to nature" look, but the utilities were good, and it was quiet and peaceful.

April 13, 2016

The Hill Country


The distance east-to-west across Texas, along Interstate 10, is about 880 miles (1400km). We are now at the 540 mile point, in the Hill Country northwest of San Antonio.

April 12, 2016

Into Texas

We have done about 1000 miles since leaving Rancho
After a one-night stop at Las Cruces, we got on the road and headed east through the city of El Paso. I usually get fuel when the truck is uncoupled from the fifthwheel, but today I made an exception, pulled into a Flying J and topped off with diesel at 1.69 per gallon. I had sufficient fuel to get to our next stop, but not enough to get to the Hill Country, where we will stay for at least 2 days. Flying J are easy in and out, with lots of room to maneuver the rig.

April 11, 2016

Benson to Las Cruces

Another 228 miles eastbound
We stayed in Benson for an additional day, making three days total. Thunderstorms and heavy rain passed through the area on Sunday, so we decided to take the extra day, rather than drive in the heavy rain. Also, I had some online business stuff to take care of (Ontario Automation Services).

April 09, 2016

Tombstone, Arizona

We left the rig at Benson I-10 RV Park, and drove 22 miles to Tombstone, which was a silver mining boom town in the 19th century. Those were the days of the Wild West, with outlaws on one side and sheriff's deputies on the other. The famous Earp brothers (Wyatt Earp) were on the law enforcement side in Tombstone during that era. The town of Tombstone is now on the National Register of Historic Places, and it has been preserved much as it was 150 years ago.

April 08, 2016

Day 2 Benson AZ

We are making visible progress across the map
We stayed one night in Yuma, which is known for its dry, desert climate, and amazingly, it rained for most of the night! Until about 9:00pm, there was the deafening sound of military jets taking off from the Marine Air Corps base just down the road. A plane took off every couple of minutes, probably doing night-flying training. The RV park was directly under the departure flight path.

April 07, 2016

On the road again!


After three wonderful months at The Ranch, we are finally rolling again. We left Aguanga CA, and traveled to Yuma AZ, a distance of 175 miles.

April 02, 2016

Preparing for the eastbound trip

We have been in Southern California for almost three months, and it has been another wonderful winter. We have enjoyed our rented lot in Rancho California Resort, and the weather has been warm and sunny almost the entire time.

It is time to prepare for our journey back. This year we will be staying in Naples, Florida for a week. It involves a 400 mile detour down the Florida peninsula, and it was a favorite annual destination before we became fulltimers. With diesel prices this low, it is quite inexpensive to cover the extra miles.

January 23, 2016

Rancho California Resort

Here are some pictures of our resort, which is our home for three months in the winter, as it has been for the last four years. We keep returning here every year, and it has become a "second home" for us. We have become familiar with the surrounding area, and when we return each year, we actually feel like we are coming home. We meet people who remember us from the previous winter, and meet our good friends from British Columbia, who also return here every winter.

January 16, 2016

Washing and waxing

Our Pinnacle was very dirty when we arrived at Rancho. Usually, we take the rig through a Blue Beacon Truck Wash on route, but this year the weather was so wet that we didn't do that. As a result, we pulled into Rancho with the truck and fifthwheel in a sorry state, which is somewhat embarrassing because the resort is full of gleaming RVs.

January 09, 2016

Home for the winter

We are settled in for three months until April 7, and this year we have a different lot in Rancho California Resort. Rancho is an ownership RV resort with about 600 lots, located in the high desert in Aguanga (pronounced "Awanga"), 20 minutes east of the city of Temecula. The scenery surrounding the resort is spectacular, with views of the mountains from everywhere in the resort. Each lot is individually owned, and many of the lots have been improved with "buildouts", making each lot somewhat unique.

January 07, 2016

Reaching our destination


We left Benson AZ after a hearty breakfast at Denny's next to the campground, and soon we passed through the city of Tucson, then Casa Grande, and had a nice easy drive across the Sonoran Desert to Yuma AZ, which is on the Arizona - California state line. Interstate 8 across the desert was almost deserted, and I took advantage of the arrow-straight highway, sparse traffic and a 75 mph (120 kph) speed limit to increase our cruise speed to 74 mph. There was a moderate tailwind, we achieved 11.5 mpg at this speed, and covered the distance quickly.

January 02, 2016

West Texas to New Mexico

We left Boerne on New Year's Day after a great five-day stay at Top of the Hill RV Resort. Our destination that day was Van Horn, TX, a distance of just under 400 miles. This is further than we usually drive in a day, but because the drive was westbound on I-10 through mostly plains and desert, the distance was easy to cover. We arrived at Van Horn around 4:00pm, and checked into Southern Star RV Park for the night. This is a typical southwestern desert park, with lots of room to maneuver and good utility hookups, and no grass in sight.

December 30, 2015

Our present location

We are presently about halfway across Texas, 60% of our journey is done. The rest of the trip is easy driving across the vast open expanses of the Southwest. My favorite part of the journey.

We really like these low fuel prices. I filled the truck and the auxiliary tank today....72 gallons (272 liters) of diesel fuel for $122. That will take us 720 miles.

December 29, 2015

Texas

A major storm system moved in off the Gulf on December 27, tracked NNE through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and headed for the Northeast. As I write this, on December 29, we are in Boerne, TX for five days, and the weather is cold but calm.

December 25, 2015

Natchez, MS and Vidalia, LA

Natchez and Vidalia are small cities located on opposite sides of the Mississippi River...one in Mississippi, the other in Louisiana. We are presently camped at River View RV Park in Vidalia, LA. As the name implies, there is certainly a good view of the great river; we are within a stone's throw of the west riverbank.

December 23, 2015

The Natchez Trace and Tupelo

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a two-lane road which runs 444 miles (710 km) SSW from Nashville to Natchez MS. It is a National Park, and no commercial traffic is allowed. RVs are allowed, as long as they are not traveling commercially.

December 21, 2015

Our phones in the US

We spent Sunday in Nashville, but did not visit Opryland as planned. There was a Christmas show taking place at the convention centre, which along with a light show, attracted what looked like half of Nashville's population to the area. The traffic was gridlocked for a couple of miles around Opryland, so we stayed home in the relative peace of the Nashville KOA.

December 19, 2015

Day 3, Nashville

We left Raintree Lake at 8:30am, and drove down the road to the Scottsburg Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Access with our rig was easy, with lots of RV parking at the rear. This is the first visit this trip to the Cracker Barrel, and on a cold morning, the atmosphere is welcoming with a nice log fire burning in a stone fireplace.

December 18, 2015

Day 2, Indiana

We traveled another 320 miles today, and reached Scottsburg, IN, where we are staying overnight at Jellystone Park Raintree Lake. This is a family camping resort, very popular in the summer with weekend campers from the Indianapolis and Louisville areas. The campground is mostly closed in the winter season, but the owners, who live on site, maintain a dozen pullthrough sites for travelers heading south on I-65. There is electricity only, no water hookups are available in the winter, but it is a quiet, peaceful overnight stop for $20.


December 17, 2015

Into the USA

December 17, and teaching is finished until next May. Time to get on the road, and for the fifth year since we began fulltiming, begin our journey across this great continent. We are looking forward to this journey, which will take about three weeks. Included in our mission statement, which may be seen here, is the phrase "The journey is as important as the destination", and we honestly believe this.
We left Milton Heights Campground, located just west of Toronto, at 9:30am.

December 04, 2015

We moved to Milton!

The first month parked at the cottage on Georgian Bay was enjoyable. The weather remained unusually warm for the season, and my system of drawing water from the lake worked quite well.
We even had an overnight guest one night....Piper the Dog.

November 15, 2015

Our home until December

We left Cedarwood on October 22, and we are now parked on a cottage property on the shore of Georgian Bay, which is a large, scenic body of water attached to Lake Huron.


May 03, 2015

Leaving the USA

On Saturday we crossed the border at Port Huron, MI to Sarnia, ON.

May 01, 2015

Indiana

We left Cave City, Kentucky at 11:00am after a leisurely breakfast at the campsite, and in less than an hour we entered the Louisville metro area.

April 29, 2015

Cave City, Kentucky

The drive from Elkmont to Cave City was uneventful. We passed right through Nashville on I-65, and the 11am traffic was heavy but moving well.

April 27, 2015

Elkmont, Alabama

We arrived in Elkmont yesterday, and set up for two days at Mill Creek RV Park, a couple of miles from the village.

April 25, 2015

Technical glitch

We have had a technical problem with our residential refrigerator installation.

April 24, 2015

Beach at sunset

We went to dinner at The Perfect Pig, located next to the beach. I had Crab Cakes, and The Navigator had the house specialty, broiled Grouper.

April 23, 2015

Eden Gardens State Park

Eden Gardens is a small state park located on Tucker Bayou, an inlet off Choctawhatchee Bay. It is about 10 miles from Live Oak Landing, our home while we are in Florida.

April 22, 2015

More Santa Rosa Beach

Wednesday, and the weather is perfect again. Another morning at the beach, after eating breakfast at a newly-discovered restaurant called The Perfect Pig, which is located across the road from the parking area at Ed Walline Beach. Breakfast was so good, we will go there for dinner to celebrate our 44th anniversary, in two days time.

April 21, 2015

Santa Rosa Beach

It is Tuesday, and finally, we awakened to sunshine. The weather today was wonderful; bright and sunny, almost no wind, 75 degrees, and lower humidity. Perfect beach weather!

April 20, 2015

Destin, Florida

Destin is a city of 12,000 people located about midway between Pensacola and Panama City Beach, on Florida's Emerald Coast. The population increases to 40,000 during the tourist season, which is May until November.

April 18, 2015

Live Oak Landing

We are settled in at Live Oak Landing near Freeport, FL. We have been coming to this area since we started RVing 18 years ago. We would come for a two week break over the holiday in December, and return to Ontario the first week in January. In those days, we would stay at Topsail Hill State Park.

April 16, 2015

Drive to Freeport, FL

Payne's RV Park in Theodore, Alabama turned out to be one of the quietest, most peaceful overnight stops we have ever stayed at.

April 15, 2015

Theodore, AL

We left New Orleans at 11am today, after walking into the French Quarter for a hearty Cajun breakfast at the Oceana Grill, the place we went for lunch yesterday. It wasn't raining this morning.

April 14, 2015

New Orleans

We left Robert, LA which is near the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, at 10:00am, and made a stop at a brand new Walmart in Pontachoula to pick up a good heavy-duty umbrella.

April 13, 2015

Robert, LA

We are taking it easy in the Yogi Bear Camping Resort near Robert, LA, which is about one hour's drive from New Orleans French Quarter.

April 12, 2015

Rural Louisiana

We are presently in a small park in Louisiana called Quiet Oaks RV Park.

April 11, 2015

Katy, TX

We arrived in Katy, which is a suburb of Houston, at 1:00pm. The park is called Westlake RV Resort, and it is surprisingly nice for a city park.

April 10, 2015

Boerne to Houston

We just spent three nights at Top of the Hill RV Resort, and tomorrow morning we leave for Katy, TX, which is a western suburb of Houston.

April 08, 2015

Boerne, TX

It was an uneventful 335 mile journey from Balmorhea to Boerne (pronounced "Bernie"). The Navigator drove for the first 120 miles.

April 07, 2015

Balmorhea, TX

The drive from Las Cruces to Balmorhea was very relaxing, except for passing through El Paso. I-10 is under major construction through the city, and we discovered a bypass route around El Paso that goes through Fort Bliss, the massive Armed Forces base.

April 06, 2015

Las Cruces, NM

As I write this, we are relaxing at Coachlight Motel and RV Park in Las Cruces, NM. Today's journey from Benson was another easy drive through desert terrain.

April 05, 2015

Tombstone, AZ

Tombstone is a historic town located about 30 miles south of Benson, quite close to the Mexico border.

Benson, AZ

We left Yuma at 9:30 on Saturday morning, and started east along I-8, destination Benson, AZ, a distance of 280 miles.

April 03, 2015

Yuma, AZ

We left Rancho California resort at 9:30am PDT this morning, and arrived in Yuma, AZ at 1:00pm MST.

April 02, 2015

Time to leave California

It is with some regret that we prepared our rig for travel, after 3 months in this beautiful resort in the high desert of Southern California.

January 11, 2015

Arriving in California

We left Benson, AZ and traveled west through Tucson, which always impresses us as a clean, well-laid-out city.

January 01, 2015

Texas to Tucson

We left Boerne, TX after an enjoyable 5 day stay over the Christmas holiday, and headed west on I-10.

December 25, 2014

Top of the Hill RV Park

Top of the Hill is located 5 miles north of Boerne, TX (pronounced "Bernie").

December 21, 2014

Texas

We left Vidalia, LA, and drove on Louisiana state highways southwest down to I-10. These roads were mostly in good condition, and the only tedious part was passing through Alexandria. We joined I-10 just east of Lake Charles, LA. Heading west on I-10, we soon entered Texas at Beaumont.

December 20, 2014

Natchez, Mississippi

We spent last night in a great Passport America park in Vidalia, LA, which is just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, which is the southern terminus of the Natchez Trace.

December 18, 2014

Natchez Trace Parkway

The Parkway is a 440 mile long two-lane highway that runs from just west of Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi, which is on the Mississippi River, 150 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

December 17, 2014

Our trip has begun!

Our journey from Ontario to California began on Sunday. We pulled the rig out of our son's place after a very enjoyable two months.

November 19, 2014

Taste of winter

We have been having some unseasonably wintry weather here in Sutton, Ontario. Last night the temperature dropped to -11C (12F), and the daytime temperatures are staying below freezing.

November 13, 2014

Cold temperature living

We are currently staying in Sutton, Ontario, which is about 40 miles north of Toronto. The average night time low temperature here in November is 30degF (-1degC), but we are experiencing a cold snap for the next few days, with night temperatures down to 18F (-8C).

October 19, 2014

Moved to Sutton (pictures updated!)

We  moved out of Cedarwood on Friday, and drove the rig to Keswick, ON, where we parked at Walmart overnight. Early Saturday morning, we arrived at our son's house, and executed the trickiest backing maneuver I've ever done.

October 13, 2014

Slide topper awnings

Our Pinnacle has three slide topper awnings, which were installed by the factory when the unit was built. After three years of fulltime use, the original black vinyl fabric had deteriorated to the point that it was starting to tear at the seam where it went into the wall awning track.

October 11, 2014

The migration begins!

People are leaving Cedarwood, which officially closes on Wednesday.

October 09, 2014

Trailer tires

Background
The subject of trailer tires is hotly debated on any of the online forums. A lot of people have an opinion, and a good percentage have had tire problems at some point. In fact, if you haul a trailer or fifthwheel for long enough, it is not a question of "if", but "when" you will have a tire-related issue. I will discuss in this post, my own experiences with tires.

 

October 04, 2014

New compressor!

Bought a new air compressor today. 5 gallon tank, 1 1/2 HP, and it is capable of 135psi. I was on the lookout for a compressor that was able to inflate the H-rated tires that we installed on the fifthwheel last winter.